Welcome to my blog dedicated exclusively to my online shop
hosted on Etsy
since August of 2017
Welcome to my blog dedicated exclusively to my online shop
hosted on Etsy
since August of 2017
Though I love creating all kinds of things
some of the items that never took off (no pun intended) at the Crow’s Knot on Etsy
One reason that occurred to me was that the Etsy environment is perhaps saturated by jewelry artisans – not necessarily a bad thing! – but I was surprised to find that I personally found my niche at Etsy in custom embroidery rather than in making jewelry.
Now, making jewelry has always been one of my favorite creative pursuits, as if you recall, one of the first devotional items I ever created for myself involved jewelry.
What began with ankle bracelets and necklaces soon moved onto creating prayer beads that could withstand my ‘vigorous devotional handling‘ among other things.
So when I decided to host an extension of the Crow’s Knot on Shopify, I was thrilled to have a larger platform where I could create – and perhaps even sell – the jewelry that I’ve so loved making over the past decade 🙂
So, without further ado, here are my latest creations that can only be found at the Crow’s Knot on Shopify:
The Bonfire Clasp Bracelet is made of 6mm beads of semi-precious carnelian, fire agate, crackled agate, and red glass strung on 19-strand Beadalon beading wire, with brass spacers and a brass lobster clasp closure
The Northern Lights Bracelet is a beaded bracelet consisting of semi-precious gemstone beads of rainbow hematite, jet, and pale blue labradorite strung on sturdy 19-strand Beadalon beading wire with a silver plated clasp.
Welcome to 2019, dear readers! I hope that your holidays were bright and busy!
Since it has been a while since I’ve updated, I wanted to let you all in on some exciting news
The Crow’s Knot has a page on Facebook!
Check it out here: https://mobile.facebook.com/thecrowsknot/
And I’ve extended the Crow’s Knot to Shopify too: https://thecrowsknot.com/
Since I participated in my first vending event at Florida Pagan Gathering Samhain 2018 last weekend, I wanted also to update this blog with a peek at some of the new designs that I introduced at the event:
Here is an altar cloth featuring the Fox – one of my favorite Tricksters:
4 Season World Tree Rune Bag
Skull and Roses Tarot Bag
After a busy month spent embroidering, sewing and assembling
tarot and rune bags:
and altar cloths:
And I spent the weekend of November 9th-11th attending Florida Pagan Gathering —
and I made my first attempt at vending at a public event!
(By the way that’s K in the photos, who graciously assisted me in manning/arranging my product table…)
Though it was both nerve-wracking and exciting, the FPG community gave K and me – and my Etsy shop, CrowsKnot – such a warm and supportive welcome!
I was grateful to have the opportunity to connect and network with other Pagan artisans (in person!), make some new friends, and meet so many wonderful people. (What’s more, I made a few sales – and received a few orders for custom work – creating handmade magic for happy customers 🙂 )
All in all, K and I had an amazing time!
I cannot wait to vend the next event – in May 2018 🙂
While sales in April were slow, I’m pleased to say that things are looking up for May, as the beginning of the month brought me a few lucrative opportunities.
Since the altar cloths and tarot/rune bags continue to be my two biggest sellers, I’ve been working to re-stock the shop with more of my bestsellers (ie, the Loki Shapeshifter cloth, the Snaptun Stone altar tokens, and rune designs) as well as some new designs that honor other Deities such as the Morrigan, Cernunnos and Dionysos.
Here is an embroidered tarot/rune bag that I am in the process of finishing up today:
And a bit of the embroidery process of an altar cloth featuring the Elder Futhark runes:
…and the completed cloth:
I’ve been spending a lot of time working on products for my shop, which requires me to indulge in my favorite embroidery addictions.
I’m happy to say that it seems to be paying off just a wee bit – as I’ve had two sales in two weeks, and two more of my upcoming embroidery projects have garnered a lot of interest – which is an exciting and welcome distraction from the emotional intensity of the last two weeks.
Since the items folks searched for most often as well as ‘liked’ most often within my shop happen to be
’embroidered altar cloths’
So I’ve been testing different patterns of runes, along with testing out different thread blends, stitch patterns, and a lot of sketching (because one of my favorite things about my product process is developing various ideas and incorporating new imagery for embroidering onto altar cloths.)
But as much as I have been making a lot of altar cloths for my shop,
recently I decided to make a new altar cloth for my personal altar.
Even though I didn’t have a concrete idea in mind
I hadn’t really given thought to mapping anything out
-which is unusual for me –
I figured that I would come up with something.
And I did on Monday morning.
Beginning at the lower left corner, I started by stitching a smaller version of this design:
(It’s hard to see out of a color scheme but it’s a heart entwined into a triple horn – a design I’ve come to use to represent both of Them.)
And if you know me, I like working with color blends.
It’s a little more work – but I think it’s definitely worth it.
At first, I’d only intended to stitch this design onto one corner…
but it’s as if I like to make work for myself when it comes to embroidery
so I stitched it onto both corners:
(One shade of red, two oranges, and a yellow for Loki, and four shades of blue for Odin)
Then, I sized down a particular border layout, as I wanted to test out a new silk thread blend so I began embroidering
my favorite thing:
a border of Elder Futhark runes.
But a challenge arose with the fabric – which was a black and grey cotton tie dye – as I found myself struggling to find a color combination that would ‘show up’ against the fabric which had so much variation in color and shade.
A lot of the lighter colors appeared ‘washed out’ in the pattern, so I tried several shades of blue, lavender, and grey thread as tests:
(For example, the Ansuz (ᚨ) is a light blue thread, and the Kenaz (ᚲ) is a lavender thread, though here, they look the same)
So I picked out/undid the stitching of the lavender and the grey threads, and continued the borders in a light to medium blue.
Fehu to Jera on the left side…and Eihwaz to Othala on the right side.
So, perhaps the two heart/triplehorn should
flank sixteen larger runes
– *an invitation in dark blue*-
for the central portion of the altar cloth.
But this blue looked oddly ‘sunk’ (appearing to fade or disappear) against the darker portions of the pattern:
So, as you see here, I decided to outline the darker runes with a silk blend silver thread…
and I really liked the way it looked.
I liked it so much that I don’t know what I was thinking but
– silly me! –
I wondered how long could it take to outline sixteen runes?
I love embroidering runes (really I do!) so it won’t take long, I thought.
I mean, I’ve had lots of practice, eh?
Since it took me about a half of an hour to hand-stitch the 24 runes
(there are 12 on each side)
and about twenty more minutes to stitch the 16 runes in the center
I figured it would take me an hour
– maybe two –
to outline all of them.
Well, I am a lot slower than I thought.
It took me almost three hours to outline just those sixteen dark blue runes on this altar cloth.
(And heh….perhaps some other day, I will outline the 24 lighter ones that border the edges at the left and the right.)
So then the next day…after I walked the dogs and did most of my basic daily routines,
I decided that this altar cloth also needed to have a small design
*those two sets of eight runes in the center.*
They spell out an invitation which looks like this:
At first, I thought I’d just make a little twist or a swirl, but no matter what I did
it didn’t look right.
So I picked, cut, and pulled out all the threads of that little swirly circular button.
And then I decided, how about the World Tree?
I mean, I had approximately a 2 or 3 inch rectangle to work with
so I thought I’d stitch this, in bright green thread:
(Psst…it was harder than it looked!)
Y’know, because it’s hard to stitch symmetrical designs after midnight.
So, again, I unraveled that design and I picked out all those long, graceful stitches
And I sat there staring at it for a bit.
But then I did another World Tree:
I thought it covered up the pulling spots nicely 🙂
Finished outlining the letters today…
and as the finishing touch, I stitched a purple border around the heart/triple horns.
And here it is – my new altar cloth –
Hail Loki ❤ Hail Odin
So what’s new for February at my Etsy shop CrowsKnot?
Why it’s more embroidery, of course!
Since the month of February contains not one but *two* personal anniversaries for me, my newest products feature hearts – both elemental and of the Celtic knotwork variety.
First up, is the
A lovely hand-embroidered altar cloth featuring the four elements – Air, Fire, Water and Earth –
Elemental Hearts Altar Cloth – $15.00
*100% pre-shrunk cotton, in white, with hand-rolled double stitched finished edges.
*Measures approximately 15.5 by 15.5 inches square (39 by 39 cm)
As anyone who knows my affinity for the element of Fire
I was especially surprised to find that I most enjoyed embroidering the designs
for the elements of Air and Water
as conveying the color and movement of these two elements
turned out to be an unusual but welcome challenge for me.
As well, I decided to expand upon the original design by embroidering
Elemental Hearts Rune Bag – $10.00
*100% pre-shrunk cotton muslin
*Bag measures approximately 5.5 inches long and 4.0 inches wide, with an opening of 3.75 by 2.25 inches wide
*Bag closes by a sturdy double drawstring closure.
You might notice that the rune bag design is not an exact duplicate of the altar cloth as
my expansion of the design features my favorite representation of the element of Earth
– trees! –
and I was inspired to depict a tree morphing through the four seasons:
I was so inspired by this heart-tree imagery that I plan on featuring it on several future products
I’m creating for the shop as the wheel of the year
turns toward Spring and Beltane ❤
As for the Celtic knotwork
-another design that features heavily in my embroidery –
I spent the last few days embroidering a lovely heart knotwork design
using a lovely rainbow ombre poly/cotton thread Coats and Clark refers to as ‘Jewels’
I love how the bold, bright colors of this thread just *pop* against the background of lighter fabrics!
The finished project:
Celtic Heart Knot Altar Cloth – $15.00
*100% pre-shrunk cotton, in white, with finished edges
*Cloth measures approximately 18.5 by 18.5 inches square (46.7 cm)
I am so in love with these ombre threads that I have several more works in progress
featuring the Pagan pentacle
As well, keep your eye out for upcoming projects that feature one of my most popular designs involving
the Elder Futhark and Anglo Saxon runes:
Please note: I offer *free* shipping within the continental U.S!*
Since I have quite an embroidery addiction, I would be more than glad to create something just for you and your beautiful altar!
Please don’t hesitate to contact me
Or directly through my email at
Thanks again for stopping by and I hope that y’all have a wonderful day!
*While I can and do ship to international buyers, I cannot afford to offer free international shipping at this time
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Ever since I was a child and my grandmother taught me how to thread a needle – I have enjoyed hand-sewing.
Something I’ve always found particularly satisfying is embroidery – so as you might imagine I especially enjoy embroidering altar cloths!
(Some might even consider my embroidery habit an addiction, as I maintain several altars in my home which feature a revolving assortment of embroidered altar cloths, depending upon the season/holiday.)
I sell several in my shop – and I’m happy to report that I’ve sold a few of them already – and I wanted to showcase a few upcoming designs I’m excited to be working on this month:
First is a project that I’ve been visualizing for quite some time that features the Four Elements and the Four Cardinal Points- conveyed in the form of hearts – embroidered onto on each corner
This design was stitched with 50/50 polyester/cotton thread by Coats & Clark called ‘Blue Clouds’ – a cascading ombre thread in shades of blue – which made me think more of water than of clouds.
It was difficult for me to decide how I wanted to convey the colors associated with air – I mean what color *is* air exactly? – so rather than using a C&C ombre thread, I decided to simply blend some of the palest blues and greys with white as best I could. As well, I wanted to show movement while still relaying a bit of playfulness.
Another C&C poly/cotton ombre thread named ‘Autumn Leaves’ which uses the full spectrum of oranges and yellows, which was perfect for my mental imagery of a heart in flames.
(This is one of my favorite ombre threads and I’ve been using it a lot for detailing on some of my Lokean altar cloths as well – its colors absolutely *pops* against most light colors, as well as various blacks, greys and reds.)
Like Air, this design features several different threads, including a C&C green/yellow ombre called ‘Spring’ along with three shades of brown to create the leaves and branches of this wreathed heart.
I was picturing arranging these small embroideries in this configuration so that the compass rose – symbolizing Spirit – worked in silver thread – formed the center of the final design
I have a silk embroidery thread that seems perfect for this project – but I’m still working on the compass rose.
The actual layout of the compass rose I had planned was much more elaborate and delicate than I expected, so I have to re-work the compass before I start assembling the final design.
I hope that you all had a wonderful Yule and Merry Solstice!
My family and I enjoyed a lovely low-key holiday, full of some much needed down-time.
And speaking of Loki
– and we were, weren’t we? –
I finally finished embroidering the corners of this altar cloth that I had been working on for about the last week or so:
This altar cloth was inspired by an ongoing conversation taking place in one of the Lokean groups I’m in concerning instances of Loki’s shapeshifting.
While many folks – including myself – associate Loki with foxes, snakes, spiders, and other various creatures, a lot of the discussion could be separated into discussion of Loki’s shapeshifting according to the Lore(tm)
the forms He takes during more UPG interactions (i.e visual forms taken during personal interactions with devotees during meditation, dreams, and mundane coincidences.)
Though while I’ve no doubt that Loki as a God and a Jotun is capable of shapeshifting into whatever form that He wishes, this altar cloth was meant to depict four forms Loki has taken that are directly attested to in the Eddas and elsewhere:
This altar cloth is made of 100% white cotton, and black poly/cotton thread used to stitch the each Celtic knot inspired design.
Orange-yellow ombre thread used as a bit of accent within the eye of each form, in reference to Geirrod’s assertion that Loki is recognizable in any form by the appearance of His eyes.
This altar cloth is slightly rectangular – measuring a total of 19″x 22″ inches, and is completely machine washable and dryable.
Free shipping on all U.S orders
Price: $15.00 USD
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Thanks for looking!